Planner Peace

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If you’re in the #PlannerGirl community, you may hear of people looking to find “planner peace”. You know…finding THE perfect planner to suit your needs, adopting a system that is quick & easy and helps you get things accomplished. It can be a never-ending pursuit, which I’m still pursuing.

I’ve only been using my planner since September and I’m still trying to find my style. I’ve played with various layout styles in my horizontal planner, using stamps, Washi tape, stickers, scrapbooking paper, etc. It takes time and a lot of trial & error.

So, I was kinda stoked after a recent trip to the U.S. to do a little shopping. After hitting up the Target Dollar Spot for some of the cute stationery goodies I’ve seen other girls on social media find, I set out to plan a new week.

It’s kind of cool that I already had these stamps from Recollections brand that totally matched the new page flags & sticky notes I’d just bought. I even had the perfect ink color (Nectarine from the ColorBox Chalk Ink palette) to match.

So, although I’m still trying to figure out my planner style, this little layout and the planner accessories I pulled together, for this week at least, helped me to achieve planner peace!

 

 

Totally Hooked on Studio L2E

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It’s taken me some time to gather the supplies I wanted to get my planner looking the way I wanted. But over the past few months, I’ve collected pens, stamps, ink pads and Washi tape.

Planner stamps are all the rage these days and I saw why after receiving the stamp sets I’d ordered from Studio L2E.

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There were so many sets to choose from but since my planner will be more work-related, I went for the two basic icon sets, Iconic and Iconic Activities.

I mean…come on! How can you not fall in love with these teeny, tiny stamps?!

 

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I’ve tested a few already and love how easy they are to use. Just a quick dab of ink, stamp away then wash in warm soapy water and air dry.

There will be a new release coming up at the end of August, so be sure to pop by the Studio L2E site or join the Group over on Facebook to stay in-the-know!

Cute Stamps from CoolJapanSTAMP

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So, now that I’ve jumped into the world of Planners (seriously…if you haven’t done a search on YouTube for the phenomena, go do it right now and you’ll see what I mean), I had to buy some supplies to add a little funk & flair to mine.

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There is a dizzying array of options online – from woodblock stamps to acrylic stamps that you peel and stick to a block before stamping, as well as self-inking stamps.

I knew I wanted some mini icons and when I found CoolJapanSTAMP on Etsy, I was instantly hooked.

I could have easily added one of everything into my cart but since I knew I was going to be ordering other stamps, I was a little modest and bought just a few.

First, this little ribbon banner, which I’ll use in my journal as well as in letters. Love it!

Second, I picked up this checkbox stamp, a staple in any planner gal/list gal’s arsenal.

Third, and probably my favorite of all, this Mini Calendar Moji Stamp Set. They really are mini but SO CUTE and they’re a great addition to my planning kit. Perfect for so many uses.

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The stamps came to me all the way from Japan but it got to me in a week. Not bad at all!

If you’re in the market for cute planner stamps, be sure to check out CoolJapanSTAMP!

The Search For The Perfect Planner

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I’ve tried a billion different ways to organize my projects and deadlines.

Google Calendar (loosely-scheduling things as well as planing my tasks down to the hour). Free printable worksheets from Productive Flourishing (which I still love, actually). But to get down to business this fall, I decided to order myself a new planner.

I have to tell you, I went a little cross-eyed in the search for the perfect planner, but not for lack of choice.

Oh, no. Planner addicts are spoiled for choice these days. Erin Condren, Plum Paper, Passion Planners, The Happy Planner, Moleskine. Not to mention the countless printable planner pages you can find on Etsy on the cheap.

Some of them are a little more pricey than I was willing to spend. I wanted something that was flexible, I was originally looking for an undated planner in case I don’t have much to plan or fall out of the practice or use it sporadically. I also wanted a horizontal layout and didn’t want one that tracked my tasks hourly.

So, those aspects helped me to narrow down my choices quite a lot. In some respects, too much (undated planners are few and far between).

Often, I would find the perfect planner….Except for that ONE thing. Either they were horizontal but were dated. Or were undated but too small. Or perfect…but upwards of $60+shipping to Canada. Or this, that and the other.

washiI actually like the Moleskine horizontal planners but again, they’re dated and I was leaning toward an undated planner. I was this close to hacking a plain Moleskine notebook (using stamps and washi tape and drawing the calendar grid in but that would be a lot of work every month when I only want it to track my goals, not be an entirely new time suck).

I thought I might never find one I wanted…Or be able to decide between the ones I’d short-listed.

But…After all that drama and much back and forth, I found one!

I chose the Horizontal planner from SHP Planners on Etsy. They are a Canadian company (yay!) located in Vancouver. They also have vertical planners, journals and notebooks.

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It doesn’t fit all of my criteria (I ended up going for a dated planner after all!), but the horizontal layout won me over.

I know you’re wondering…Why all the drama over a planner? Just write a big to-do list and get it done.

I’ve found spreadsheets and calendar dates are so easy to edit, switch or snooze. Writing my goals and deadlines in a planner will make them solid, more difficult to change, and the empty checklist boxes will haunt me, I know it. Missing deadlines will needle at me and be extra mtivation to get things done when I set out to finish them.

With client work, I hit my deadlines even if I have to stay up until 4 a.m. to do so. For some reason, with my own writing, I find it too easy to push deadlines, slack on hitting daily word counts and just generally do less than I’d planned. I’m not sure why that is but I’m hoping having a more dedicated approach to goals, I’ll put as much effort into my own writing as I do for others.

My planner has already arrived (it shipped the same day I ordered it!). So, watch this space for a proper review where I show it off.

In the meantime, it’s time to look at my upcoming goals and start thinking about how to reach them.

What do you use to track your goals or plan your deadlines? Are you a planner addict? What’s your favorite planner?

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